By JENNIFER A. KELLEY, Associated Press The rain that fell over the Pacific Northwest Saturday was a good thing, but not enough to offset the damage to homes, businesses and the environment.
The rain fell over a large swath of Washington and Oregon, causing a few inches of damage to houses, businesses, and the landscape.
But in the end, it also had a calming effect on the city of Portland, Oregon, which received just two inches of rain Saturday morning.
The Portland Bureau of Environmental Services said in a statement the rain was expected to recede into the afternoon.
The city expects to see a small amount of rain in the afternoon, but no significant damage to buildings or property, the agency said.
It is still too early to tell how much damage will be done, but the rain, which was expected at 10:30 a.m., was “extremely heavy,” according to a weather service report.
The bureau said about 5.5 inches of snow fell in Portland, making it one of the heaviest snowfalls in Oregon in the past three days.
The snowpack was below normal on Saturday, with temperatures in the 30s.
It was still expected to continue to drop over the weekend.
The Bureau of Reclamation is expecting snow to begin falling overnight.
It’s unclear what the exact amount of damage will cost, but city officials are looking into what it would cost to restore some of the damage caused by the rain.
The agency said it’s unclear how much will be necessary to restore damaged structures and property.
“I think we will see some repair work done, and that will have an impact on the economy and on the housing market as well as some additional housing,” said Mike Trenberth, the city’s chief engineer.
Trenberst said the city will also need to pay for repairs to roads and infrastructure that were damaged by the storm.
The storm knocked out power to more than 70,000 people in the Portland area.
The Portland Bureau is investigating the damage and the number of people affected.